12 December 2011
From Christmas decorations to handmade gifts, cards and wraps — make it yourself this Christmas season.
I finally put up the Christmas tree in the studio and at home this weekend, it’s all looking rather sparkly and festive, plus Elf was on TV the other day too and when this is on, you know it’s Christmas! (I love that film).
To me, this time of the year it’s all about being with family, a good long rest with time out to feast on luxurious food and think about all things important. Nowadays it’s so hard to buy Christmas gifts for your family and friends – what do you buy someone who almost has everything? or if you’re buying on a budget, how can your gift still reflect personality and thoughtfulness?
I’ve become quite fond of homemade food gifts for a while now – and to give away at Christmas or take to parties sounds a ‘real’ tasty treat, so lately I’ve been looking for homemade food gifts – with foodie ideas ranging from homemade mince pies, fudge, doughnuts, chocolate truffles, Christmas jams and chutney to fruit spirits. I’ll be making scrumptious, thrifty Christmas gifts for friends and family with my own gift labels – and the thought of this, I’m squealing and rolling up my sleeves already! I made cherry and cinnamon scones last year, star shaped ones, packed neatly in a kilner jar with ribbons – and these tasted amazing! It’s super easy and will make someone’s Christmas a little brighter….This week I will be making some scrumptious homemade fudge – an irresistible treat and I’ve been told they’re easy to prepare! (I’ve not made fudge before so look out for my tweets, photos and blog post on how I get on).
Christmas fairs and craft markets selling handmade cards and own-made treats are still happening all over the place during this festive season – pop along to some for ideas and inspiration on what you could make for that special someone – it’s not being frugal or tacky, everything is better when it’s homemade – I love stuff like that. To me, definitely carries the ‘awwwwwwe’ factor!
Go on, make something your own, or buy something local and some handmade goodies this Christmas. Let me know what you end up making or doing over the festive holidays – I’m always here with open eyes and ears :)